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About JoshEE

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  • Birthday 08/29/1984

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    2001 Miata

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  1. Alright I knew I'd be terrible making updates, finally getting around to it a month and a half later after a little less progress than I'd like. I installed the Sparco Ergo driver seat, Sprint passenger seat (there was a slight change of plans), 383 steering wheel, got all the airbag light defeat crap in, and put in an android auto head unit since I realized how great it is having that available after getting the FiST. Getting the Ergo in was pretty straight forward, just time consuming taking it in/out a bunch to get the position right. The NC definitely has more room for a drivers seat than the NB did, the Ergo is nice and centered and feels great in the car. It is just slightly higher than I'd like, mostly because of the cushion thickness. The back/bottom cushion is all one piece so I need to cut it into two so I can pull just the bottom piece for track duty. I ended up returning the Evo2 as it was the new QRT version which has offset side mounting surfaces and requires a special side mount bracket and wouldn't work with the PCI brackets. The shoulder dims must also be a little different than previous as there wasn't a chance it was going to clear the door panel, yet I had seen people with Evo2 and Evo2 US's in NC's over on MT.net clear just fine. I'll just throw in my old Sprint for track days where I know I'll have passengers, otherwise I'll keep the stock seat in there so on the street the passenger is comfortable and has all of the safety devices functional. Steering wheel install was straight forward, as was all of the stuff needed for the airbag light. Head unit was also easy to install and I'm pretty impressed with the quality of the mounting kit, the plastic texture and gloss is almost identical to the stock piece. Pics of the setup, note the tight clearance on the Ergo to the convertible top door seal and support bar. The BBFW roll bar still hasn't arrived, they were overwhelmed by orders when they had their new years sale so have been slow catching up. I'm not really in a hurry, but unfortunately haven't really been able to drive the car more than a quick run around the block since the 3 point harness won't work with the Ergo in, and I don't have shoulder harnesses until I get the roll bar in. Hopefully it'll get here soon. I'm also still waiting on getting the rad/overflow tank/tstat and motor mounts in, I ended up taking what time I had over Christmas to tear down the NB to get the parts up for sale. Lucked out that a buddy bought the shell along with a bunch of parts which made it easy on me, I have listed the rest for sale here. Bonus 4x4 miata pic after my buddy and I pulled the drivetrain and threw on some bilsteins he had from a lifted miata he bought. I'll miss this car!
  2. Parting out my track prepped '01 Miata. I had a kid and decided to go with a more mildly setup NC for the next few years. Full updated list of items available in this spreadsheet (format shamelessly ripped off from Hollywood). Willing to negotiate on prices for most items, especially where it saves me time (buying multiple items, keeping engine/trans/clutch together, local pickup, etc...) Quick copy and paste below of what's in the list, the link above will be kept up to date I can't promise that about the list below. Please let me know if you have any questions, thanks! Item Description BP6D 1.8 VVT Engine 2001, ~117k miles, runs strong, no issues, consumes no oil Includes alt and starter Timing belt and water pump replaced March '17 @ 112k Small oil leak at rear cam seal Flyin Miata 1.8 Clutch Happy Meal Level 1 Clutch (~300 ft-lb) 10.3lb lightweight flywheel Includes all bolts Under 6k miles 2001 5 Speed Trans ~117k miles, shifts well except 5th synchro has some wear, have to rev match going from 4 to 5 to avoid grinding 2001 4.3 Torsen Diff, Drivesshaft, Axles Includes Poly diff mounts 15x9 Advanti Storm S1's, Bronze 225/45-15 Maxxis Rc-1's Wheels in great shape 3 tires have a few days left on them, 1 is flat spotted badly 225/45-15 Maxxis Rc-1's New, never mounted, stored in garage Miataroadster short shifter NA/NB 5-speed Tall, angled, satin black LE5 and Ecotec swap parts LE5 motor (91k miles) DIY Builder kit + wiring harness and flashed ECU from Ecotec Miata Wiring harness and flashed ECU from Ecotec Miata Timing Cover / Bottom End Gasket, Valve Cover / Oil Filter / DP gasket / Timing Set Powdercoated Valve Cover (and engine mounts) 1320 shorty header Gas Pedal Starter Includes fasteners not included in DIY builder kit Blackbird Fabworx GT3 NB Rollbar Black, has welded on harness tabs, includes formed FIA padding PS delete tensioner Bearing replaced March '17, 4k miles on it PCI Sparco Sprint seat mount Passenger, '89-'05 Blackbird Fabworx Motor Mounts '01-'05, Stock Height, Street Bushing Good-Win Racing Exhaust RoadsterSport 3 Miata Muffler with RoadsterSport Miata Midpipe, '99-'05 Includes gaskets and bolts/washers with Nordlock washers ~6k miles Water Neck Sandwhich plate Has NPT port for temp sender AEM Temp Gauge (Oil Face) Includes sender and adapter for oil pan drain plug AEM Temp Gauge (Water Face) Includes Sender Radio Gauge Pod (5X Racing) Black, 3X 2-1/16" (52mm) holes for gauges K&N Intake 99-05 Miata A Pillar Gauage Pod Flyin Miata, one piece design Below Radio Gauge Pod (TDR) Coolant reroute hard pipe New, never used Eclipse A/C Vents Trimmed to fit NB dash Master Cylinder Brace "LHD" version, works on my 2001 w/ sport brakes and ABS, not sure on other MC configs NB Radiator cooling panel Garagestar, wrinkle black Front License Plate Bracket Garagestar, attaches to factory tow hook, includes hardware Poly steering rack mounts Prothane Ultrashield Pro Road Race Seat, 15" 20 degree layback
  3. Sure that'd be great if you get a chance.
  4. Thanks! Thanks Joe! You have to stay the course, I'm living vicariously through you. I think of you as the version of me that isn't lazy 🙂 I was happy to see you living that Miata life! Haha, an exclusive group for sure 🙂 You still out at H2R? I'll be out there with a buddy on the 19th, one last track outing in the NB before I start disassembling it to part it out. Yep, Dynotronics is the plan when it gets to that point, I'll enjoy the 2.0 for a while though while I get the rest of the car prepped/sorted, adding power will be the last step. I think @derekyarbrough857 mentioned on a Slip Angle podcast a while back they did his swap for like $5k out the door, that included a fabricated intake manifold and cams. I'll definitely go that route when it's time, like I mentioned in my first post I have a pretty bad track record when it comes to actually finishing engine swaps. For a quick update on the car, there were some good Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals to be had so I've got the following parts on hand or on order to start getting the car ready for track: Sparco Ergo (M) for driver seat, Evo2 for passenger, brackets from PCI, re-use my Schroth Enduro's from the NB Daikei hub adapter, reusing the NRG QR and Sparco 383 from my NB Blackbird Fabworx NC RZ roll bar Comp motor mounts from Goodwin Goodwin triple pass radiator Moroso aluminum expansion tank New tstat also, having an issue that I think is air in the cooling system, might as well replace the tstat in case that's actually the issue while I'm in there New gates HD serpentine belts Fluid update as-needed, Sam already did some of the work here I hope to get all of the above installed over the Christmas break while I've got a couple of weeks off of work. Stuff I'll be getting on order soon as cash frees up from parting out the NB: Spindle bushings for additional camber Sways/end links from Goodwin SS brake lines/pads/rotors/goodwin ducts - staying stock brakes for now, thinking G-Loc R10 for front and R8 for rear, I like that combo in the NB, any input here? 17x9's and 245 RS4's - I'm thinking RFP1's, proven lightweight wheels, reasonable cost, has the right offset in a 9 inch. Main downside is they may not clear the biggest brake kits if I go that route in the future, they'd be fine with the budget brake kit from goodwin though. Will probably wait to get 10's until off in the future when I upgrade power and want to go 255 RC1's. Oil cooler - Not sure here, goodwin has a kit that looks like it has a solid heat exchanger mounting solution, but I saw there may be issues with an adapter/filter hanging off the stock location, Xero Limit has a kit that's slightly more expensive but fixes that issue. Miata Roadster shifter kit - I emailed and Bill said the NC 6 speed kit is currently in the initial prodcution run, I loved this shifter on my NB so will jump on one for the NC when they're available. Good alignment - From what I've been reading around 2.5F/2.0R for camber, max out caster, and no toe sounds like a reasonable starting point. Any input here? At that point it should be setup well to be safe and reliable on track, but still very street-able. Anything I'm missing on this list that needs to be addressed on an NC? Further off plans, probably in order, include: Intake/Header/Exhuast XIDA's - Not out yet, I'll run the Fat Cat setup for a while and wait for initial round of XIDA's to get into peoples hands. RX8 Hubs 255 RC1's 2.5 Swap Hood vents Would love am AIM 1.2 MXS, but it's definitely a luxury purchase
  5. Hi Everyone, So I've been on the forum a while but never been super active, I just bought @Hollywood's 2008 NC Miata, and talking to him he convinced me it'd be a good idea to start a build thread if for no other reason that I could look back on where the car started and see the progression. I've wanted to do a build thread on previous cars but have always been too lazy, so this time I'll try to keep up with it. A little background on me, I'm 35, I grew up in San Antonio and moved to Austin for college and stayed ever since. I just moved down to Dripping Springs (just SW of Austin) recently to get a little more space and quiet, as well as a garage upgrade. My wife and I just had a baby ~5 months ago. I've been into cars since just after collage when I met a group of friends who was into bikes/cars. My vehicle history is fairly long, the more interesting ones are... CB750 (cafe racer project), VFR800, 2X '80's 4Runnrers, '83 Bronco, C5 Z06, C6 LS3, E36 M3, LS1 Swapped FC RX-7, GRM $2009 Challenge car with buddies that had a turbo BP, Fiesta ST (current DD), aaaand I think that's it? I got into track stuff a few years back through a couple of those same friends at a TWS event. I initially started with the C6 but realized quickly I was in way over my head car capability wise and if I wanted to learn how to drive I needed to get into something with a lower performance ceiling and much lower consumable costs so I could spend that money on track time. In order to do that I bought a $4k pristine 2001 NB Miata that had been sitting on some dealer lot in Austin for a while. I enjoyed it stock on the street for about 10 minutes and quickly started buying parts. I kept it reasonable for a while with just some light safety and reliability stuff and some cheap coilovers and wheels/tires and did a few trackdays (mostly with TDE) to get my bearings. Once I got fully hooked I started splurging on parts and went basically for a Supermiata S2'ish build (w/o the power) and gutted the interior, halo ultrashield, XIda's, poly bushings all over (with the sweet bronze sadfab kit), RC1's, etc... At this point I also bought a truck and trailer to be able to push myself further on track, and to be more comfortable in the drives to/from, so I was pretty much all in. The car is still in this setup and is a ton of fun, very responsive, neutral, easy to push to the limit and doesn't bite when you go over etc... But I've basically ruined it for the street and it's track only at this point. It's also fast as hell in the corners but leaves something to be desired in the straights, and if there's not a Miata in similar state of prep in the run group I'm in it's too slow to play with most other cars. To fix that issue I piggybacked with my buddy and bought all of the parts to do an Ecotec swap on the car. I figured this would make the power of the car more closely match it's handling abilities, and let me keep pace with more people during events. Then it occurred to me I have a horrible track record of actually finishing engine swap projects, and it was very unlikely I would be able to finish it in a reasonable timeframe with a new kid here and a likely second one on the way in the next year or two. Since the car is also pretty track focused I also won't be able to enjoy it all that much as full weekend events are not something I can realistically do very often for a while, and even if I join H2R to pop down and do shorter events, I don't want to have to screw around with the truck and trailer every.single.time. And if I'm honest with myself, I just want a new project to do stuff in a way that applies the lessons I've learned from this build. Enter my grand plan to build the exact same car in a very slightly different shape! I've been eye'ing NC's for a while now. There have been some sweet builds from derekyarbrough857, edison_GTI, eflove (let's be real though this one is insane awesome I won't get close to that), Bryan Z. on mt.net, and a ton of building vendor support for the platform (XIDAs!). I like the combination of a more modern and comfortable interior that I can actually fit a good FIA seat in, a better starting point for power (easy 2.5 swap!), better chassis, blah blah blah. It just seems like the time is right at the moment for the NC platform to be able to make something that's a great street/track hybrid for not a ton of money. My plan is to keep the mods reasonable and not go over the edge for the next ~4-5 years so I have something I can enjoy on backroads in the hill country as well as the occasional track outing while kid(s) are still little. I've already got a parts list together and have started to order some stuff, but I'll have to go into that later as it's time to go feed the baby and get to sleep. Thanks for reading if you made it this far and I'll try to be sure to update as I make changes to the car.
  6. I'm curious if you've had a chance yet to get a feel for the Ecotec and how that might affect your opinion here?
  7. JoshEE

    MSRH Lap Times

    Dude it's awesome that you're so excited and driven to improve, and with time you'll get there for sure. In the short term though I would HIGHLY recommend not focusing on lap times and not comparing yourself to your uncle, the others on track, friends in different groups, or what # you're at on the progression scale, etc... I know it's difficult (I am a very analytical and competitive person as well, so it was hard for me) but I would spend the next couple of events you're at focusing on the very basics of watching for flag stations, being aware of traffic, giving/receiving point by's, running the right line, practicing good general track etiquette, having fun!!!, and getting to the point where you do those things naturally and are not having to devote active brainpower to them before trying to actively improve lap times. Once you're able to get into a mental state when that's all automatic start trying to make small improvements one corner at a time and seeing how changing little things makes the car feel different and slowly start pushing to the point where the car is moving around more in corners, learning about hell/toe, trail braking, throttle steering, etc... You'll get more and more comfortable with seat time and will start to play with weight transfer and how that affects the car. As said above just make small incrmental changes as trying to change things too fast can send you over the limits very quickly. This is the point where starting to time laps and look at data is actually worth while, when knowing where small changes can make a difference. Until you're at the point where you can string together 5-6 consistent laps per session you should be focusing on fundamentals. Also, I know you mentioned the Cobra is a ton of fun, but the advice above about learning in slow car is solid. I started with a Corvette and was a few events in when I realized I was in way over my head, and in order to learn how a car feels at the limit I would be going so fast the potential consequences for any mistakes were higher than I was comfortable with. Getting a $5k Miata allowed me to be OK with pushing a little harder and being able to explore limits in a zone I was comfortable operating, and was the best decision I've made yet in this hobby (plus consumables are waaaay cheaper in a small/light car). If your goal is to get fast on track as quickly as possible this is 100% the way to go. If you plan on driving the Cobra on track for the next 30 years, spending a couple of years in a slower car as an investment in your driver education isn't a bad deal. I'm something like 20 events in and still slow as hell but having a lot of fun 😀. You'd be surprised how fun/quick a low hp car is on sticky tires in the corners. Whatever you do have fun out there and be safe!
  8. I've got xidas with 800/500 spring rates on my NB with the 949 race alignment and love the setup, no experience with the fox stuff.
  9. MSRH has a giant paddock area that's not visible in that image above, it's circled in red below. It's typically pretty empty for TDE weekends. I actually like parking over there along with a few buddies as you I like to have my truck/trailer/car all in the same spot and this lets me do that without taking up prime space others could be using. If you want to be social or think you'll be back and forth to the front area a lot a bike or something isn't a bad idea, it's a bit of a trek in the summer heat.
  10. Welcome back (soon) to Miata paradise! Yours are the same reasons (including consumable cost) I sold my c5z and got into a Miata. Good luck on the hunt for a car, Cabowabo's setup looks pretty awesome. Saw this pop up on MT the other day: https://www.miataturbo.net/cars-sale-trade-6/95-miata-seattle-xida-blackbird-fabworx-flyin-miata-etc-101021/
  11. I was hoping you'd reply 😁, I've followed both your swap threads and having direct experience with both companies gives you great insight here. My comment on the Ecotec swap being well proven was from seeing a number of endurance racing teams running this swap as well as a few guys at Harris Hill that seem to have had success with the swap. I completely agree with your comments on the lead time and communication with EcotecMiata, I had issues there as well but fortunately have all the parts in hand at this point. It looks like this new kit includes quite a bit of the stuff you listed as still being needed to be provided, including the Kmiata flyhweel, adapter plate, engine mounts, intake manifold, downpipe, oil pan, timing cover, coolant adapter block. I'm trying to figure out what all parts specific to this swap would be needed including this kit, sounds like engine management, oil pump, crank sensor, engine/accessories, hoses and misc parts like that. I'm not including stuff that's common to either swap like clutch, fuel system, etc... Based on some quick numbers with what I've got into the Ecotec swap so far it seems like the K24Z3 swap will still be significantly more expensive, somewhere around $2-3k more. Based on your experience with both swaps, and that this new K swap allows you to keep the stock subframe to stay eligible for ST4, if you were to start over again which would you personally choose?
  12. Interesting new swap option: https://kmiata.com/blogs/news/game-changer-the-new-k24z3-swap-is-here I've gathered all the parts for an Ecotec swap from EcotecMiata, and I think I'll stay the course since everything is currently in my garage and it seems be a pretty well proven swap at this point, but this seems like a pretty interesting option. I'm curious to hear what others think?
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